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‘Catastrophe Award’ Sparks Controversy In Ariz. School

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TUSCON (CBS Las Vegas) – A teacher at Desert Springs Academy has come under fire after giving a “Catastrophe Award” to one of her third grade students for the dubious honor of giving the most excuses for incomplete homework assignments.

According to KGUN9-TV, Cassandra Garcia was in possession of an entire folder full of completed homework  at the time.

The award was given in front of the class, who reportedly laughed at Cassandra while she received it.

The 8-year-old then showed the award – which included a smiley face and the signature of her teacher, Mrs. Plowman – to her mother, Christina Valdez.

She immediately contacted the school to complain.

“[The teacher] blew me off,” Valdez told the station. “She said it was a joke that was played and that the teachers joke around with the children.”

When KGUN9-TV contacted the school, the principal declined to comment, and allegedly shrugged her shoulders when asked if she felt the award was appropriate.

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